More people were working in Orleans last month compared to December 2014

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 27 January 2016 at 12:00 am

The unemployment rate for December 2015 in Orleans County was much better than December in the previous year, the state Department of Labor is reporting.

The county’s unemployment rate was 5.9 percent last month, compared to 7.2 percent in December 2014. The DOL data shows 17,100 people were working in Orleans last month, compared to 16,500 in December 2014. There were 2,400 unemployed in the county last month, compared to 2,700 a year earlier.

State-wide the unemployment rate was 4.8 percent last month, the lowest level since November 2007.

In Orleans County, the rate actually went up last month compared to November 2015 when the rate was 5.5 percent.

Tompkins County has the lowest December unemployment rate in the state at 3.4 percent while Hamilton County, at 8.9 percent, is the highest.

Here are the unemployment rates for other nearby counties: Niagara, 5.8; Wyoming, 5.5; Monroe, 4.5; Livingston, 4.8; Genesee, 4.8; and Erie, 4.7.